How Close Are We to Living in the Ocean?

DO YOU EVER GET THE URGE TO JUST BUILD A NEW WORLD? LIKE, FROM SCRATCH? TO RE-THINK THE UNSUSTAINABLE PATTERNS THAT LED TO OVERCROWDED CITIES, DWINDLING NATURAL RESOURCES, AND THE DRAMATIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE? SOME SAY WE SHOULD JUST CUT OUR LOSSES AND MOVE TO MARS. AFTER ALL, WE’RE QUICKLY RUNNING OUT OF FRONTIERS […]

How Close Are We to Launching the James Webb Space Telescope?

And liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope. Before the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990, we didn’t know how old the universe was. We had never seen a planet outside of our solar system. We didn’t even know about dark energy! Hubble taught us a lot, but it can only […]

How Close Are We to Downloading the Human Brain?

Someday our bodies are going to break down and we’ll die. Our brain will decay and disappear forever.But, what if it didn’t have to? Right now there are scientists around the world working on technology that could one day take your brain, and possibly your consciousness, and upload it onto a computer. This would be […]

Can Nuclear Fusion Provide Unlimited Clean Energy?

An entire planet powered by unlimited clean energy. It sounds like a pipe dream, but it may one day be possible. The idea that could fuel this fantasy into reality? – nuclear fusion. It’s been talked about for decades as the solution to humanity’s long-term reliance on fossil fuels, but attempts to harness it have […]

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the […]

How Close Are We to Mining in Space?

Some say humanity’s future as a space-faring species is just around the corner. But realistically, how are we going to get there? The answer is asteroids. These seemingly unimpressive lumps of rock could actually be the intergalactic pit stops for exploring the universe. They have the potential to become cosmic gas stations and the building […]

How Close Are We to Controlling Machines With Our Minds?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – brains are amazing. And we’ve put some the best of them to work devising incredible machines that can beat us at our own games, bring virtual worlds to life, perform quantum calculations, and exponentially expand what we’re capable of as a species. But when we […]

How Close Are We to Zero-Emissions Electricity?

We’ve all heard the statements and stats about the ominous timeline our planet is on. To avoid the worst effects of climate change––from natural disasters to mass extinction––we know that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And fast. And when we stop literally lighting things on fire to power our world, we can […]

How Close Are We to Building a Moon Base?

The moon is the closest celestial body to Earth. Humans have been gazing up at it for our entire existence, finally landing on its surface in the 1960s. We’ve walked on the moon, carried out science experiments on the moon, we’ve even driven a car, hit golf balls and briefly grew cotton on the moon. […]